Half Moon Bay Travel Guide

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Half Moon Bay Halloween Celebrations

Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired arts and crafts, entertainment, contests, and activities. It all creates a wonderful atmosphere of fun, fun and more fun.

Going to a real pumpkin patch and selecting the perfect pumpkin create wonderful family memories and marks the beginning of the Fall festivities

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Patches

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches

Harvest Faire & Steam Festival—Oct. 6 & 7, 2018

Roaring Camp, Felton, CA

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children’s activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning.  https://www.roaringcamp.com/events#ev16

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party™

Roaring Camp, Felton, CA

October 13 – 14, 20 – 21, 27 – 28  2018—Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas™ and Percy™, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.  https://www.roaringcamp.com/events#ev16

The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off—Oct. 8, 2018

The gathering of titanic pumpkins will take place at the >Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off !  Nearly 100 participants will enter their massive pumpkins in hopes of capturing the coveted title and share of $15,000 in prize money.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13 & 14, 2018

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired arts and crafts, entertainment, contests, and activities. It all creates a wonderful atmosphere of fun, fun and more fun.  Admission is free.

Haunted Barn in Half Moon Bay—Oct. 13 & 14, 2018

During the HMB Art and Pumpkin Festival, The Haunted Johnston Barn features actors from The Coastside Young Actors Workshop alongside animatronic figures, projected and transparent ghosts, intense lighting, sound, and fog effects…https://pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com/activities-entertainment/haunted-barn.html

The Haunted House of Moss Beach

601 Kelmore Street, Moss Beach, CA

No admission fee, but donations are accepted for UNICEF. The 3-5 minute self-guided tours are limited to just two people at a time. This haunted house will scare you! Not recommended for young children.  No infants or pets. http://www.hauntedhouseofmossbeach.com/

The Missing Arm of William Waddell—Oct. 20 at 6:30 pm

Big Basin Redwoods State Park       (831) 338-8860

A 1/2 mile guided walk through a forest decorated in the spirit of Halloween. Walks leave every 20 minutes, from 7 pm. FREE http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=855

 

 

What’s on Tap

Events

Half Moon Bay Fall Festivals & Events:

The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off—Oct. 8, 2018  7am to 11am

The gathering of titanic pumpkins try to capture the coveted title and share of $30,000 in prize money.

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Sunday Oct. 14, 2018 from 11am to 4pm.

Natural Bridges SB in Santa Cruz welcomes the monarchs back.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13–14, 2018   9am to 5pm

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired arts and crafts, entertainment, contests, and activities. Admission is free.

Pumpkin Patches Along the California Coast  – Sept. and Oct. 2018

Half Moon Bay, CA – The coast transforms into a spooky, magical land of orange gourds. Create some great family memories by visiting a local pumpkin farm…

MORE Half Moon Bay Halloween Celebrations  – October 2018

Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with Halloween inspired festivals and events….

 

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.

 

Attractions

Top Fall Attractions:

Pumpkin Patches Along the California Coast  – October

The coast transforms to a spooky, magical land of orange gourds. Create some great family memories by visiting a local pumpkin farm…

Fall is a Great Time to Visit the Coast!

Monterey, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Mendocino – Early Fall is generally some of the best weather on the coast. Plan a visit with your family or an escape for a romantic weekend.

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May

Half Moon Bay 415 474-3385

Oceanic Society provides boat tours to view the gray whales as they swim north along the California coast on their way to summer feeding grounds.

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Half Moon Bay Attractions or Recreational Activities.

 

 

Advisories

The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. During the pumpkin season, traffic in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be extremely challenging – especially during the Art & Pumpkin Festival weekend. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.